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Apricorn DriveWire USB 2.0 to IDE/PATA/SATA Universal Hard Drive Adapter ADW-USB-KIT (Red)

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  • Box contents - Drivewire IDE/PATA/SATA to USB Adapter, USB 2.0 cable, AC power adapter and Apricorn's Upgrade Suite CD with EZ Gig IV for Windows
  • High Quality UL Listed Power Adapter - Guaranteed to safely provide all the power you need
  • Transfer everything in a few easy steps - Operating System, Data, E-mail, Settings and Applications
  • Up to 480 Mbps USB 2.0 to Backup data in less time
  • Interface - SATA or 2.5 IDE/PATA (40Pin) or 3.5 IDE/PATA (44Pin) to USB 2.0
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Product Details

User's Guide [676kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.7 x 0.8 inches ; 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000QY9KIS
  • Item model number: ADW-USB-KIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (434 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 15, 2007

Product Description

DriveWire is the ideal solution for transferring the data from a desktop or notebook PC to a new hard drive in a few easy steps. It makes what can otherwise be a daunting and tricky process, painless and easy. DriveWire is bundled with Apricorn's "Upgrade Suite" which features the award winning "EZ Gig IV" cloning software for Windows and "Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper!" for Mac. When used together, DriveWire makes it easy to transfer your OS, data, applications, documents, address books, e-mail, settings and preferences - from the old drive to a new drive, in few easy steps. Start by attaching the new 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive to the appropriate connector on DriveWire's cable head. Then connect the AC power adapter and the USB cable. Now, boot up your computer using the "Upgrade Suite" bootable CD and make and exact clone of the old drive onto a new drive. After the transfer is completed, install the new hard drive into the desktop or notebook, and the computer will boot up just like normal. DriveWire includes: Apricorn's Upgrade Suite with EZ Gig IV Cloning & Upgrade software for Windows and Shirt Pocket's SuperDuper! for Mac, a hybrid adapter that connects to any 2.5" , 3.5" IDE/PATA or SATA Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable (USB 1.1 compatible) and high quality UL Listed power adapter. This unique adapter provides a SATA connector for the new style drives as well as 44 pin connector for a 2.5" Notebook IDE/PATA Hard Drive and 40 pin connector for a standard 3.5" IDE/PATA Hard Drive, allowing you to connect a hard drive to any desktop or notebook computer with a USB 2.0 port. This is the perfect solution for anyone needing immediate or temporary access to a Hard Drive. You won't need to buy a different enclosure for every Hard Drive or worry about whether or not you have enough power through your USB ports run the device. Because DriveWire is guaranteed to safely provide all the power you need and it is compatible with all of today

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Customer Reviews

It's simple to use and the instructions are very easy to follow.
Richard F. Stratton
All power adapters are included, so this can interface to legacy IDE devices with no extra equipment needed.
Gary Brophy
I was able to retrieve data from hard drives of computers long past.
sarkansas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By J. Frederick on January 9, 2008
This is very cool. I frequently need access to hard drives that for whatever reason need to be removed from a computer. Usually, the computer has died and data needs to be retrieved from the hard drive.

This universal DriveWire allows nearly any hard drive to be plugged into a USB port.

Features:
- It's Small - it'll easily fit in a briefcase or toolbox.
- It has a power supply to power-up the hard drive.
- No software required - it's as easy to use as a flash drive or thumb drive. It comes with a CD but I didn't really need it.
- Flexible - can support almost any drive: 2.5" laptop drives, IDE drives or SATA drives.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By ggp on August 20, 2008
This little device is elegantly general in its possibilities. Indeed, it has more possibilities than those described in its manual.

The "EZ Gig II Backup & Disaster Recovery Software" that comes bundled with it is very powerful, and I say more about that in the next paragraph. Even without using that program, the hardware itself enables one to peer from any USB-equipped computer into the directories and files of a disk drive that is mounted on the adapter. Just as one can browse through file-containing directories (folders) on a USB flash drive, one can do the same with the contents of an intact disk drive attached to this adapter. When my daughter's laptop quit working for reasons unrelated to its disk drive, I removed the laptop's disk drive (a simple process requiring only a Size #0 Phillips screwdriver), connected the disk drive to the Apricorn DriveWire, plugged the DriveWire's USB cable into my desktop computer, and easily retrieved the document files that she needed.

Now to the "EZ Gig II Backup & Disaster Recovery Software." The happy ending to this story is that a potentially disastrous loss turned into no loss whatsoever and a painless disk-drive upgrade from 100GB to 160GB. Here's the problem I faced. Knowing that the shop which was going to perform an extended-warranty repair was likely to wipe the laptop's hard drive of its contents and reinstall Windows, I wanted to preserve all of the installed software and Windows customization to which my daughter was accustomed. To accomplish this, I needed to clone the laptop's disk drive and keep the clone when sending the laptop in for repair.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John R. Spencer on February 9, 2008
In reading the review where the drives appeared to have been 'killed' by this product, I was thinking of how opposite my experiences have been with this product.

I have used the adapter and the 'EZ-Gig' software to upgrade my Dell laptop 2.5" drive. I have used the same arrangement for three 3.5" desktop drives. The Dell and one of the 3.5" drives is a SATA. The other two 3.5" drives were not.
In all of the above cases, the issue and goal was to increase the space available without performing a 'clean install' of Windows--and the requisite re-install of all of the programs/settings--etc.

In another case, I used the adapter to read a very old 10 gig drive and retrieve information.

As noted in the other review, the USB connection to the adapter and my PCs (the Dell laptop (E1705) and desktop (no 'brand' per se [PC800-E Deluxe montherboard] has worked very well indeed.

There was no trouble using the adapter and the accompanying 'EZ-Gig' software.
Though I dare not recount the steps taken for the upgraded(I should have documented them), the process for all of the upgrades was quite easy and saved a great deal of time.
I do agree that 'anything is possible'---I also, do agree that that type of answer is not conducive to good customer relations.

The five 'stars' are for the operation of the product only--Not an endorsement of the answer you got from Apricorn.

I hope that others will share their experiences with the product. That will give a better view of what is happening [good and bad] in the 'field.'
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A. Kriskovich on February 22, 2010
I work as a network specialist and was looking for a small device that I could carry with me to my remote locations. I have a total of 32 remote offices, with some of them 2 1/2 hours away. I have owned one of these for about two years now and looking at buying another one for my side business. I main thing I use this for cloning disks and hooking up infected hard drives that have a hard time booting up. I probably have used it in every other way also without problems. I have backed up failing hard drives, used it to pull off users documents of a failing hard drive, moving to a larger hard drive. I have even used it with mac.

I wish I would have bought one of these years ago! I find myself using this thing more than I use Norton Ghost. I setup one workstation the way I want it and pull the drive out and go down the line imaging the rest of the computers.

I just looked at some of the negative reviews, and have not experienced any of these problems (frying hard drives). You do have to be careful when you are hooking up the power and these are stated in the user manual. I have had a few hard drives not show up using the included CD, but this seems to be fixed when I recheck my connections.

I don't like how the thing is made of cheap plastic, they could have made it a little bit more durable. I also noticed that sometimes the connector can be cock-eyed. I usually put a book of sticky pads under it so it's level when its connected to the hard drive (this has been the cause of some of the connection issues).
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